As Bayan Muna Rep.
Neri Colmenares presents Impeachment Article 7:
Multi-sectoral group presents demand: Convict Corona! Jail Arroyo!
February 22, 1012
|Photos by Joselito Taldo Sosmeña / PCPR|
Convict Corona, Jail GMA! Statement on the Corona
trial and Arroyo’s arraignment
REFERENCE: Renato M. Reyes, Jr BAYAN Secretary
Today we gather near the Senate to add our
voices to the ongoing impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato
Corona and the arraignment of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. It
is a welcome coincidence that Arroyo’s arraignment takes place at the same
time the Senate is hearing evidence on CJ Corona’s maneuvers in granting
Arroyo a TRO which would have allowed her to escape justice.
Corona should be held accountable for his
individual acts as Chief Justice that facilitated the TRO on Arroyo’s
watchlist order. Corona is liable for hastening the SC issuance of the TRO,
for changing the results of the SC deliberations on the conditionality of
the TRO and in ensuring that the TRO would be immediately enforced through
irregular means, including the extension of office hours.
Corona cannot hide behind the mantle of
collegiality since documents from the SC have revealed his individual role
and partiality in granting of the TRO. The TRO fiasco showed us how Arroyo
intended to use the SC as her last line of defense to evade
accountability. We saw how the SC was all too willing to accommodate
We condemn the SC February 14 resolution which
seeks to suppress evidence on this issue by declaring certain documents as
confidential and by preventing court officials from testifying before the
Senate. The public deserves to know what actually transpired during the
deliberations of Arroyo’s petition for TRO. The Senate should oppose this
grand cover up by the SC. It is frustrating that the Senate through its
rulings has further narrowed the avenues for seeking the truth on Corona’s
The Corona impeachment and Arroyo’s
arraignment remind us that much still needs to be done to hold Arroyo
truly accountable for ALL her crimes.
It was the SC TRO that precipitated the filing
of a criminal case against Arroyo, in an effort to render the SC TRO moot
and keep Arroyo in the country. We reiterate our position that Arroyo
should be jailed for the criminal case she faces in the Pasay RTC. Her
continued hospital detention smacks of special treatment and
double-standards. Her accountability should not be limited to the 2007
elections but should cover gross human rights violations, plunder and
wholesale election fraud of 2004.
The SC TRO debacle was the result of the
failure of current president Benigno Aquino III to prosecute Arroyo during
his first year and a half in office. Arroyo’s attempt to escape justice
was helped by no small means by the inability of the Aquino government to
file cases in court against the former president. And were it not for
Arroyo’s attempt to flee, through the SC TRO, the Comelec would not have
immediately filed the case of election sabotage at the Pasay RTC.
What is clear is that nearly two years into
office, Aquino has not prosecuted Arroyo for her more serious crimes What
is becoming increasingly clear is that Aquino has used the impeachment to
divert attention from this and other failures and to pin all blame on the
While Corona’s removal from the SC will, to some extent, help in the prosecution of GMA, we should be reminded that it is still the Executive which has the ultimate responsibility in ensuring GMA is held accountable. Aquino too will eventually be judged based on these expectations. ###
BAYAN-NCR Statement: On the Impeachment of Chief
Justice Renato Corona
Since the start of the senate hearing last
January 16, 2012, series of evidences revealing Corona’s real wealth come
out. From his PS Bank accounts, at least P 37 million was found to be
undeclared, highly dissimilar to his declared assets of P 3.1 million. But
through a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the court and
favored by the senator-judges, the remaining dollar accounts were remained
unopened up to this date – a matter greatly influenced by the SC’s allies
of big landlords and big compradors.
Clearly indicated, the Aquino regime is not
yet resolved to put the main culprit behind bars- former president Gloria
Arroyo, who until this time remains at large and is even given extension
of a hospital arrest.
Amidst the SC reactionary character resulting
to protecting Arroyo and corruption issues, the process of Corona’s
impeachment, the people’s agenda of prosecuting GMA is greatly undermined.
While inutile of implementing genuine reforms,
the Aquino regime is tactically using SC Corona’s impeachment to its
advantage by diverting the people’s attention from economic and political
crises. Worse, it even places the process at the forefront of his
administration’s programs to widely deceive the Filipino people about the
true state of the nation of inflation rates, budget cuts and neo-liberal
policies, poverty and human right violations.
In reality, the national democratic demands of
the people remain unheard.
The call for genuine agrarian reform is still
elusive in the current system. The haciendero himself, President Aquino
keenly holds power over the case of clan-owned Hacienda Luisita so as to
other land-related cases all over the country to the disadvantage of the
farmers and the toiling masses.
As wide oppression and poverty are addressed
in the countryside, there is no stressed difference in the urban situation
as the regime fails to protect urban poor settlers from brutal
demolitions, inhumane conditions in resettlement areas and separation from
workplaces resulting to joblessness. Contradictory to his once bright
indications of Public-Private-Partnership, Aquino moves by giving away
public lands, mostly urban poor communities to big compradors such as
Ayala, Lopez, Araneta-Roxas, Estrada and a lot more.
At such, the National Budget is also designed
to worsen the people’s condition through cuts in the funds for education,
health and other social services. The government replacements for
neglected duties are programmed as Conditional Cash Transfer, Pantawid
Pasada and other palliative programs practically assessed as short-ranged
The forthcoming Balikatan Exercises is a
direct indication of Aquino’s puppetry to the United States at the expense
of the country’s sovereignty. The impositions in the renewed Visiting
Forces Agreement are threats of a wider, bigger and indefinite presence of
US troops in the country.
Justice on the other hand is still not served
to the victims of human rights’ violations as butchers and violators are
still at large such as Palparan, whose arrest is still the government
forces’ main incapability.
The condition is very timely to expose and
oppose the current system. Only through collective action and
participation in the national democratic struggle can the people attain
genuine social justice.
February 23, 2012